The week ahead
Picnic in the Park: Tonight, 5 to 7 p.m. Handloff Park Pavilion, 1000 Barksdale Road. This evening outdoor barbecue will include backyard games, crafts and activities for families to enjoy. Participants should pack a picnic for their families, and a grill will be provided for those who want to prepare a meal onsite.
Battle of the Bars: Tonight, 5 to 8 p.m., at Courtyard Marriott, 400 David Hollowell Drive. Eight Newark bars will compete to raise the most money for the Newark Police Department K-9 fund. Free. Drink proceeds go toward K-9 fund.
Chapel Street Players: Tonight, Saturday, and Aug. 3-5 at 8 p.m.; Sunday at 2 p.m., at Chapel Street Playhouse, 27 N. Chapel St. The Chapel Street Players will perform “The Pillowman,” which is set in an unnamed country living under a police state. It tells the story of writer Katurian, who finds himself locked in an interrogation room, defending himself against accusations that the stories he has crafted bizarrely resemble recent child murders in the town. This show contains gruesome scenes of violence and strong adult language and content. Tickets $5 to $18. Purchase by calling (302)368-2248 or visiting chapel street players. org.
Panning for gems: Saturday, 10:30 a.m., White Clay Creek State Park Nature Center, 1475 Creek Road. Pan the creek for garnets, magnetite and other shiny treasures. Water shoes and towel recommended. $6 per person. Register by calling (302) 368-6900.
Dancing in the Park: Saturday, 5 to 9 p.m., at Glasgow Park, 2275 Pulaski Highway. Individuals and dance groups will learn the National Dance Day routine and then perform as a large group flash mob style. In addition, more than 30 food trucks will have a variety of dishes for sale.
Vocal recital: Sunday, 2 to 3 p.m., at Newark Free Library, 750 Library Ave. Kaye Tyson will perform German, Spanish & English art songs and selections by George Gershwin. Free.
Ice cream social: Sunday, 4 to 6 p.m., at St. Nicholas’ Episcopal Church, 10 Old Newark Road. Free music and free ice cream. Featuring live music by pianist David Zipse. All are welcome.
Strut Your Mutt: Monday, 6 to 7:30 p.m., Kells Park, 201 Kells Ave. In honor of National Mutt Day, participants can join friends, both human and canine, for a walk in the park. Mutt Strutters should meet by the Kells Park pavilion at 6 p.m. The walk will take place on paved trails. Participants should remember to bring water for their dog, as well as clean up bags. All dogs should be up-to-date on shots and be friendly with people and other dogs.
Departmental budget hearing: Monday, 6 p.m., at city hall, 220 S. Main St. City council will begin initial discussions about the 2018 budget.
Newark National Night Out: Tuesday, 6 to 9 p.m., on Academy Street, between Main Street and Delaware Avenue. Newark Police, University of Delaware Police, and Aetna Hose Hook and Ladder Company will team up for the third year to provide community members a relaxed setting in which to meet first responders. Police equipment will be on display, and demonstrations will include K-9 officers, fire extinguisher training and vehicle extrication techniques. Officers will be grilling hot dogs and hamburgers for attendees. Free.
NCCo National Night Out: Tuesday, 6 to 8 p.m., at Glasgow Park, 2275 Pulaski Highway. The New Castle County Police Department will host an event featuring games, entertainment and food. Free.
Concert: Wednesday, 6:30 p.m., at White Clay Creek State Park’s Carpenter Recreation Area, 880 New London Road. The Joe Baione Quartet will perform as part of the park’s weekly summer concert series. Free, but park fees apply.
First Friday Ride: Aug. 4, 5:30 p.m., at Newark Shopping Center. A casual community bike ride sponsored by Bike Newark begins at the shopping center and travels through the city. After the ride, participants will meet at UDairy Creamery for ice cream. Participants may park for free at the shopping center.
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Twins Gavin and Bradley Sorrentino meet Officer Aaron Olicker at last year’s National Night Out. The event returns Tuesday.